For the past several years the Quitman girls have ruled their district. Before that, it was Weston that dominated. Usually, it was a clear-cut case coming into district competition who would be the queen bee but for the first time in a while, the title looks to be up for grabs as both Quitman and Weston are on a similar track of success. Over the last five games they both have lost to Ouachita Christian and similarly beaten Choudrant and Saline. Both have won 10 of their last 13 games and have similar winning percentages and rankings, with Quitman being 17-6 and ranked #18 and Weston at 22-5 and ranked #21. On Friday the two will square off at Jonesboro-Hodge’s gym for the first of two district 1B contests that will determine who gets the early leg up. Before that, though Quitman will travel to Castor and Weston will host Doyline on Tuesday.
Weston 59 FCCS: (Tuesday) Concerning an old adage head coach Stacy Tucker “called the Wolves” off after taking a commanding 39-15 lead into the break that ballooned to 57-16 after the end of three-quarters of play. Emma Kate McBride exploded for 11 first-quarter points that included a pair of three-pointers, Briley Peterson added four and Faith Beamesderfer hit a three to pace WHS to a 20-7 first-quarter advantage. Led by seven points by Lainee Trosclair and five more from McBride, WHS blew it open in the second. Anslee Aldy added four and both Jessica Newton and Jacie Ledford also chipped in with a basket. The game got out of hand in the third as Nadia Siadek, Newton, and Peterson all scored four, Ledford, McBride, and Trosclair added two each, and the Lady Wolves defense limited FCCS to a single free throw. Weston scored only two points in the final frame but they were big ones as they were Abby Martindale’s first two of the season.
FCCS scoring: McCain 10, Ingram 9, Caldwell 6, Williamson 4, Jarrette 2, Allen 2, Norwood 1
Quitman 63 Saline 33 (Thursday) Cali Deal’s 13 first-quarter points led to it being an unlucky night for Saline as Quitman used a dominating first half to cruise to the victory. The lanky left-hander had her way to finishing with a season-high 28 points. Brayli Stewart added 10 and Anna Leach, who has performed admirably in the place of injured Bethany Leach, chipped in with seven points. Ansley Folks and Summer Grillette, who also grabbed 8 rebounds, scored six, Emma Carter had four and both Sarah Jones and Jaleigh Burns tallied two apiece. Coming off a 55-50 victory over Calvin on Tuesday to move to the top of district 2C with a 3-0 record, Saline was led by Alaya Gray with a pair of three-pointers and 9 points followed closely by twin sister Alana, who finished with seven. Sydney Thomas had eight, Kacidy Sims had four, Rayaunnah Pearson hit a three-pointer and X Lard scored two for the Lady Bobcats
SHS Scoring: Alaya Gray 9, Thomas 8, Alana Gray 7, Sims 4, Pearon 3, Lard 2
Red River 43 JHHS 39: (Tuesday) Red River rallied to outscore JHHS 13-8 in the final frame leaving JHHS still searching for their first district 3-2A victory of the season. Buoyed by 8 points from Tyya Davis and three-pointers from McKenzie Bradford, who made two, and Jamauri Kimble, JHHS took a 22-18 lead into the break. Morgan McGee hit a three in the third to help the Lady Tigers stay up by one heading into the fourth quarter but despite four points in the fourth by A’Jorriana Hoggro, Red River was able to rally for the win.
The Lady Tigers showed great improvement offensively as eight players scored leading to 11 more points in this one than the combined total of the previous two contests. Davis led the way with 12 followed by six each from Bradford and McGee. Hoggro and LeRhonda McGuire scored four apiece, Kimble had three and both Jalenya Jackson and Kaelin Palmer added two each.
RRHS scoring: Miller 16, Smith 11, Solten 7, Jones 5, Lemons 3, Dansy 1
Weston 50 Choudrant 34 (Thursday) Briley Peterson scored 17 and grabbed 11 boards and Emma Kate McBride added ten to go along with five steals to help lift Weston to a methodical victory on the road over their former district foe. Lainee Trosclair scored seven and had a season-high 10 rebounds, Lexie Millien finished with five and Jessica Newton scored four points, got 7 rebounds, and had four blocks to up her total to an area best 85 on the season. Anslee Aldy had three and both Faith Beamesderfer and Jacie Ledford added a basket each.
CHS scoring: Murphey 11, Johnson 7, Nugent 6, Jones 6, Smith 2, Brown 2
Quitman 51 Choudrant 28 (Friday) The Lady Wolverines spotted Choudrant to a two-point first-quarter lead and then exploded for 39 points over the next two frames to give the Lady Aggies a second straight loss against Jackson Parish teams. Cali Deal continued her late-season scoring surge with 23 on the night while Anna Leach set a pair of new career highs in her young career, by finishing with 10 points and seven steals. Brayli Stewart and Emma Carter added eight each, Ansley Folks scored three and Tyler Harvey hit a free throw to round out the scoring for Quitman.
CHS Scoring: Johnson 14, Murphey 8, Nugent 2, Swift 2, Frazier 2
Winnfield 54 JHHS 16 (Friday) In a contest of two teams streaking in different directions, district 3-2A leader Winnfield made short work of the Lady Tigers. The tenth loss in a row dropped JHHS to 0-4 in district play while Winnfield, who has won six in a row improved to 4-0 in 3-2A play. Tyya Davis led JHHS with four points with Kaelin Palmer and Morgan McGee adding three each. LeRhonda McGuire, Jessica Bradford and Jaidon Vinzant all had two apiece
WHS scoring: Evans 13, Sapp 12, Weary 9, McMiller 8, Brown 4, Monnin 3, Pines 2, Braun 2, Taylor 1